Centering Prayer

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

The Benefits of Centering Prayer

What is Centering Prayer and How Do We Do It?

Mary Dwyer provides a brief introduction to Centering Prayer.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. 

Read this Method of Centering Prayer brochure.  One way to learn the method is through this in-home package:  Centering Prayer:  A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God; click to View in Store.

Click to download the Centering Prayer Tri-fold brochure.

Retreats

Sun, 02 Aug 2015
Eastern US
Tue, 04 Aug 2015
Southwest US
Sat, 08 Aug 2015
Pacific West Coast US
Sat, 08 Aug 2015
Eastern US
Thu, 13 Aug 2015
Pacific West Coast US

Workshops

Sat, 15 Aug 2015
Midwest US
Sat, 19 Sep 2015
Pacific West Coast US
Sat, 03 Oct 2015
Southwest US
Fri, 09 Oct 2015
Upper Northern US

Documents

Method of Centering Prayer
Staying Connected
30 Years of Grace and Gratitude
Az Odaadás Imája, Centering Prayer Brochure, Hungarian translation
Centering Prayer 12-step Outreach
Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
Centering Prayer Baen samlpykkisins, Centering Prayer Brochure, Icelandic translation
Centering Prayer Brochure, Korean translation